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Survey Says: Teens' devices are interrupting learning

Numerous studies indicate that as our use of technology has increased our ability to sustain focus and pay attention to detail has decreased.

A recent study briefed by EducationDive and published in Education Week shows that educators are weighing in on this heavily debated topic.  Educators are stating that our teens’ devices are also impeding their learning.Boy In School On Phone

In this study, 225 educators from kindergarten classrooms up to college professors were surveyed.  The results were as follows:

  • 34% of educators said they (the educators) were distracted by students’ use of devices (phones and tablets) during class
  • 80% believe students “multi-task” during instructional time
  • 61% believe that "multi-tasking" negatively affects a student's ability to pay attention and learn

Some suggestions were also provided on how to minimize devices interference in instructional time. Those suggestions included:

  • Having students turn off their devices during instructional time
  • Providing a mid-point break during instructional time for students to check their phones
  • 56% of the educators stated that their schools had policies around technology. However, those policies were not often followed consistently.

With many schools moving to 1:1 technology, some teenagers can average at least 9 hours a day on devices. Therefore, it is important to differentiate beneficial (active) screen time from detrimental (passive) screen time. Active screen time is using technology to teach content or encourage physical activity, whereas passive screen time has no interaction or educational benefit.

Some of the active forms of technology provided from EducationDive include;

  • Coding
  • Writing
  • Creating a project online with peers
  • Games focused on improving word knowledge and verbal fluency

Play Attention is an active technological tool for educators and students. Play Attention is the only program available that improves Executive Function by integrating NASA inspired technology with cognitive skill training and behavior shaping. You may view our demonstration video here.       

Play Attention’s active screen time will teach skills that last a lifetime. Together, we will customize a program to address your particular strengths and weaknesses.